National Philoptochos Society
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Grants Totaling $253,700 Awarded at the 2017 National Philoptochos Children's Medical Fund Luncheon
On a glorious, crisp, autumn day in New Jersey, the National Philoptochos Board joined the Metropolis of New Jersey Philoptochos Board and Philoptochos stewards from across the United States to
Rejoice and Embrace the Children
The temperature was unseasonably chilly, but at the Sixteenth National Philoptochos Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon, hearts were warm and spirits were high.
The Children’s Medical Fund Luncheon is the principal fundraising event of the National Philoptochos Society, and since its inception in 198
9, the biennial luncheon has raised over $3.7 million for children’s hospitals and research programs, as well as special programs that serve the needs of ill and fragile children, along with assistance to individuals and their families throughout the United States and in other parts of the world.
On November 11, 2017, over 750 guests gathered at The Venetian in Garfield, New Jersey to support the Fund. Under the inspirational lead
ership of Metropolis of New Jersey Philoptochos President Anastasia Michals, luncheon chair, and her co-chairs, Eleni Constantinides, Alexis Limberakis and Evellyn Tsiadis, the event was a resounding success. During the luncheon, grants totaling $253,700 were awarded to 15 programs located in New Jersey, Mary
land, Delaware, Virginia and the Philadelphia metropolitan area, all part of the Metropolis of New Jersey. The balance of the funds raised in association with this year’s event will be disbursed to cover the medical expenses of needy children throughout the United States during the interim period until the next luncheon as well as to fund children’s medical programs and projects at our National Philoptochos Conventions.
A message from the National Philoptochos President, Maria Logus, for Veteran's Day:
I recently saw a production of "Miss Saigon," a Broadway revival that caused me to reflect on how we, as Americans, should treat the brave men and women who have served our country. Below is a link to page with recommendations for services Philoptochos can offer veterans, but first let's think about how each of us can individually show our gratitude:
- For their bravery and dedication, we should thank them sincerely.
- For their selfless service, we should treat them with boundless respect.
- For protecting our way of life and the values we hold dear, we should honor them.
And for those who made the ultimate sacrafice and gave their lives for their country - for our country - we must remember them always and forever.
May their memory be eternal!
For ways to help support our troops, visit the Veterans Links page.
Together we WILL make a difference.
Swap a Coffee for Kindness and show the victims of the recent, devastating hurricanes that our community cares.
For only $5.00 per week in a recurring donation for four weeks, you can help us raise $500,000 for hurricane relief.
Together we can help our sisters and brothers rebuild their lives.
Click here to donate: http://bit.ly/1MpMsF3.
Click here for a downloadable copy of a flyer to post in your parishes.
Click here to access a video explaining our campaign.
GREEK ORTHODOX ARCHDIOCESE OF AMERICA
GREEK ORTHODOX LADIES PHILOPTOCHOS SOCIETY, Inc.
September 6, 2017
To National Philoptochos Board members, Metropolis Philoptochos Board members, Chapter Presidents and members, and Friends of Philoptochos:
In recent days, we have all been transfixed by piercing images of the damage wrought by Hurricane Harvey. Bringing with it devastating rain and winds, Hurricane Harvey has once again reminded each of us of our own vulnerability and fragility in the face of nature’s wrath. But it has also offered us an opportunity to show our humanity and our strength, through support for our brothers and sisters so desperately impacted by the storm.
Hurricane Harvey may well be the most costly storm to ever hit the United States, with damage estimated at nearly $200 billion dollars. Parts of Texas will be uninhabitable, certainly for weeks, perhaps for months. Countless families have lost their homes and tragically, scores of people have lost their lives.
Through your support and generosity, Philoptochos has already donated $30,000 to the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) relief efforts in the hurricane-affected areas. But is abundantly clear that much, much more is needed. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America, has urged each of us to pray for those adversely affected by this natural disaster, and reminds us that, "our prayers, however, should be accompanied by tangible assistance to those who are now in dire need."
And so, once again, we seek your support through a contribution to the National Philoptochos Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Please give as generously as you can and please be assured that Philoptochos will forward 100 percent of your contribution to the relief efforts.
Please make your checks payable to the National Philoptochos Society, add the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund in the memo line, and send your contribution to the National Philoptochos Society, 126 East 37th Street, New York, New York, 10016.
The need is great and we ask that you do all that you can to assist our brothers and sisters in the stricken areas. Together, with faith in God, we can make a difference.
In His service,
To support the National Philoptochos Emergency Fund, please log on to http://bit.ly/1MpMsF3 to make your donation.
Inclusion Ministries -- A Sacred Calling
But Jesus said, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not,
to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
Children with special needs hold a special place in our hearts. They must be protected and cherished, encouraged and included. Yet having them in a church community presents challenges. The Metropolis of Chicago, with the blessing and support of His Eminence Metopolitan Iakovos, of Blessed Memory, and under the leadership of Presvytera Toni Mihalopoulos, developed “Pick Up Your Cross and Follow Me,” a ministry of programs for children with special needs and their families.
Following a presentation by Pres. Toni during the spring National Board meeting in Chicago, National President Maria Logus added Inclusion Ministries to the list of suggested projects that chapters might want to institute in their own parishes with the support of their parish priest. National Philoptochos is currently assembling a list of resources for chapters to use in developing their programs.
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Philoptochos Receives National Hunger Hero Award
As Outstanding Faith-Based Organization
Dave Green, Feeding Children Everywhere CEO, presents Hunger Hero Award to Georgia Vlitas and Evan Scurtis
For details, go to Feed the Hungry Initiative